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Trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP)

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa/pro rata for part time staff
Closing date
20 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity for registered healthcare professionals to join the Stroke Team at Sheffield's' Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as a Trainee Assistant Clinical Practitioner. We are looking to appoint a trainee who will be supported to undergo their ACP MSc whilst developing clinical skills within our service.

Successful post holders will undertake an extensive learning and practical working programme, to enhance current skills and knowledge via the Trust's Apprenticeship route. As an apprentice you will undertake a combination of both on the job learning and academic study, completing a portfolio of work, alongside master's level modules with the full support of the chosen learning provider and the trust.

The role will be structured around the four core functions of advanced practice:
  • Expert clinical practice (with a minimum clinical focus of 80%)
  • Professional leadership and consultancy
  • Education, training and development of self and others
  • Practice and service development, research, and evaluation

This job is based in Sheffield's Stroke Pathway, including the Acute Stroke Unit, Sheffield's Stroke Pathway Assessment and Rehabilitation Centre, and the Community Stroke Service.

Main duties of the job

You will be working throughout the stroke pathway alongside medical and nursing and therapy teams to provide efficient assessment and treatment of our patients.

The Trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner will be working towards becoming an autonomous, accountable practitioner who will work on their own initiative and in collaboration with medical, nursing, and allied health professional colleagues as required.

About us

You will be working for an organisation which values and respects all of its staff and the community it serves. The Trust is a leader in the NHS and research sectors and provides excellent benefits for its staff. This includes commitments to professional development but also many policies to support employees in balancing their personal and professional lives.

This vacancy is advertised on a fixed term contract basis for a period of 3 years due to this being an apprenticeship/training programme. The fixed term contract status of the post holder will be reviewed in accordance with the Trust's legal obligations regarding fixed term contracts.

Please also note any secondment must first be agreed with your current line manager.

Please also note this vacancy is a training/development post so all applicants will start at Band 6 rising to Band 7 once the post holder has successfully demonstrated the completion of the relevant Advanced Practice Post Graduate Diploma, and a portfolio of evidence containing supervised learning events which demonstrate completion of the clinical element of the core curriculum outlined in the Multi-Professional Advanced Clinical Practice Framework (HEE 2017).

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please view the attached Job Description and Person Specification documents for full details regarding this post.

When completing your application please ensure that you clearly demonstrate how you meet the role criteria.

Your contract will be fixed term due to this role being an apprenticeship. You will be required to achieve the necessary qualification/competencies to subsequently apply for/be promoted into the fully qualified role as defined locally.

This position is subject to completion of the required competencies set at a national or local level and on completion the fixed term contract will end. As such your fixed term contract of employment can only continue for its specified duration if you comply with these requirements. Consequently, your fixed term contract status will be reviewed to accommodate the Trusts legal obligations in accordance with the Fixed Term Contract Regulations in relation to your individual employment status and the successful timely completion of all the elements of your apprenticeship. The fully qualified role will be on a permanent basis should you complete your apprenticeship as defined within the competencies set as above.

If you are currently employed by STH you will need approval to undertake this apprenticeship on a temporary basis from your substantive manager.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • Registered Nurse with Valid NMC registration or Health Care Professional and registered with HCPC with relevant clinical experience
  • The candidate must be eligible to apply for and willing to complete a full MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice. Eligibility criteria includes an Honours degree at 2.2 or above in a related health care subject. Alternatively, evidence of completion of pre-entry assessment at HEI or successful level 7 study will also be considered.
  • Where possible study is funded via the apprenticeship route. If undertaking Apprentice programme, the candidate must be able to demonstrate GCSE English and Maths at C or above or functional skills assessment level 2. If unable to evidence the trainee must complete the functional skills assessment by the end of the Master's Programme (apprenticeship requirement).
  • Evidence of relevant continuous professional development
  • Advanced life support qualification (ALS/ILS) or willingness to undertake and successfully complete


  • Post Graduate qualification in Advanced Practice
  • Advanced Physical Assessment module, Non-Medical Prescribing (if part of proposed role)
  • Recognised Teaching & Assessment Qualification or equivalent experience
  • Recognised Leadership Award/qualification or equivalent experience



  • Experience of delivering training / education to others
  • Extensive relevant post registration experience (HEI requirement)
  • Evidence of multi-disciplinary team working


  • Experience of working in an extended role with experience of autonomous practice
  • Experience of undertaking service improvement activity
  • Evidence of contribution to audit and research programs
  • Clinical / managerial leadership experience, including line management of staff, e.g. sickness/absence, recruitment/selection

Skills and Knowledge


  • Can prioritise and manage own workload when faced with conflicting pressures
  • High standard of written and verbal communication - able to present and receive complex information and communicate effectively with all grades of staff and patients / families
  • Ability to manage self and maintain professional conduct in difficult and challenging situations
  • Demonstrates ability to work/learn self-directed


  • In depth knowledge of pathophysiology of common conditions seen in the speciality and their management
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Ability to order and interpret appropriate clinical investigations
  • Study of therapeutics/diagnostics
  • Able to analyse and synthesise patient information to formulate appropriate diagnoses and management plans
  • Effective leadership, negotiation and reasoning skills with the ability to influence, coach and motivate others

Employer details

Employer name

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


SPARC - Beech Hill

Norfolk Park Road


S2 3QE

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